This was the only time during the game this happened, and things quieted down. I heard several people cheering the coach, but missing were fans who cheered on individual players. Usually I hear different players names called out in encouragement by the fans. Maybe that was the problem. This is Model's third "losing season." They have managed to eke out a game or two each of those years, through the skin of their teeth, so to speak. The best players graduated 3 years ago. But, I could sense the underdog spirit in the stands behind me. The losing mentality has taken over. And, that must be changed before a new team can be molded.
You have to ask yourself how it happened that the younger players were never taught to play while the better players were on board. And, I for one did not enjoy the bad sportsmanship in the stands behind me. You have very young men and women out there on that field learning to fit into the world around them. If you can't cheer the players then go home. It's not about the ref or the coach. It's about the players and the cheerleaders and the band. I think the whole approach to playing football at Model needs to change. They have an excellent instructional program. Why field a team if you are not going to teach them how to win? The final score was 47-6. At least it wasn't a shut-out.
I console myself with the cheerleaders. They are some of the best in the region. I think they have a wonderful attitude in the middle of a series of losing games. They take the "stand by your men" approach and you could never tell by the cheering that they rep a losing school. They are amazingly athletic and supportive.
I blogged about Joshua last night. It is easy to see Joshua's winning attitude in these cheerleaders. They definitely have the spirit of champions. Too bad they can't have a winning football team. Fortunately the basketball teams win big, and basketball season starts before too long.
I had to sit in the car and listen on the radio a little after halftime because I was froze stiff and in so much pain that I couldn't hardly move this morning. But, I am fine now with a heating pad and coffee. This was the first game we made it to this season, because of my health. Fortunately, the walker has made it easier for me to get around. I have been out of the house more since I got it. You would not think that using a walker would be a good thing. But, it's all about perspective. Once you've had to sit in the house for so long, being able to get out on a walker is an improvement. So, I'm winning the game!